Our deliverance from the dark domain of Satan was secured at Calvary. In Hebrews 1:3 we read, “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory, and the exact representation of his being,sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins,he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”
This important passage tells us two things about our deliverance. First, it was made possible by the One who is Light; the very radiance of God’s glory. He is very God, and through His sacrifice our sins were abolished. The Light of truth crushed the lies of the evil one, and restored our relationship with the Father.
Secondly, after exposing Satan to open shame on the cross, Jesus returned to His place at the right hand of God to rule over His kingdom. Our righteousness was won by His death, verified by His resurrection, and is sustained by His power. Jesus, the Light, is our light, and He will keep us in His care until we see Him in glory.
It is vital we grasp the role of our Light in the salvation process. As the Light of the world, Jesus stands for truth and justice. His words and ministry on earth are an inspiration to many, and His impact on history is unquestioned. But Jesus mission was to seek and save the lost, and any fascination people might have with His influence in the world is ultimately meaningless if they fail to embrace His grace.
Does this mean the light Jesus casts in our world is fruitless, unless those who hear it immediately repent and turn to salvation? Certainly not! Sometimes it takes time for truth to peel away the layers of deception that keep people from recognizing their spiritual condition. We should also not discount the renewal of entire communities that can occur when Jesus is personified through His people. Light is good, and the joy experienced by anyone, in the name of Jesus, helps create an environment where truth and the benefits of living for God are easier to see.